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The Doctor Who?
- William Hartnell
- Matt Smith
- John Smith
- John Hurt
- Every actor's first name + Every actor's last name, each as one.
- Time Turner
- Literally "Who"
- Possibly confirmed by 1981 spin-off K-9 And Company (The Sarah Jane Adventures in a previous life, for those who don't know) where one character asks K-9 "Who is the Doctor?" and K-9 replies "Affirmative." Simply a throwaway joke, or...?
- Jim Neidhart because Who and all that.
- Steven Moffat, due to Moffat being a troll
- "Theta-Sigma" is a nickname they gave him back on Gallifrey based off his exam results (apparently Time Lords grade things in Greek). His real name is this in the original Gallifreian.
- Instead of actually revealing his name, on screen at least, he will answer with "Just the Doctor, actually." For the intents of this episode, "The Doctor" turns out to be right.
- Doctor Song, by the same logic as Rory is Rory Pond.
- Forty Two. The Answer to the Question.
The episode is not going to be about what The Doctor's name isIt's going to be about why The Doctor's name is some languages means warrior and what significance that holds. Moffat is a Troll, do you really think he'd reveal The Doctor's true name?.
- ...Confirmed. It was revealed that one of the regenerations did something so bad that he didn't deserve the name "Doctor"
The Doctor is crossing his timeline into his own futureNobody said the Fields of Trenzalore, the Question, and the Fall of the Eleventh have to occur at the same time. This first trip will result in the first two, and later the Doctor will return and encounter the third.
- Confirmed. He traveled to his tomb.
John Hurt's Doctor is exactly what the Doctor said he is.He's the incarnation between 8 and 9 who did such utterly terrible things during the time war that he does not consider himself the Doctor. This would make the Ninth Doctor the 10th incarnation, but not the 10th Doctor, and so on. This means Simeon's mention of the Valeyard may become relevant in the near future, as that would make 11 the twelfth incarnation.
- This Doctor being between 8 and 9 is confirmed. http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-who/26279/doctor-who-john-hurts-50th-anniversary-role-explained
The First Question has yet to be askedThe events in this episode didn't fit the description given by Dorium Maldovar. The Great Intelligence asked the question on the TARDIS, not on the fields of Trenzalore. When it was asked, it wasn't at a time when "no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer". If it was, then the Doctor would have said his name. The Fall of the Eleventh didn't occur. A couple of things in the episode could be described as a fall, but nothing that stands out as a significant moment. The true question will be asked when Matt Smith regenerates, and this will also be on Trenzalore. He will be asked the question again, possibly by River Song, as we still don't know how she knows his name.
- Jossed. The 'Fall of the Eleventh' refers to the TARDIS' antigrav being turned off, which stood out quite readily. The Great Intelligence asked the question on the Tardis, but a version of it that had grown and had become overgrown with weeds and
- Confirmed. The First Question was asked in "The Time of the Doctor", transmitted throughout all of time and space, and inside a truth field.
The Doctor who died in Trenzalore is the EleventhThe crack in the TARDIS window is present on the giant dead future TARDIS. Also, Clara, having seen the whole Doctor's life, past, present, and future as well mentions that there are 11 Doctors. Which would mean either that the Trenzalore!Doctor is the Eleventh (and this will come before the TARDIS could heal her window, so pretty soon), or that no other incarnation of the Doctor will deserve that name ever again.
- This would mean that it isn't a permanent end; Sexy said in The Doctor's Wife that she goes through thirty control rooms over the course of her life, while the Doctor has only experienced a dozen so far (plus one after that episode); unless there's going to be seventeen more control rooms before the next regeneration, or the TARDIS somehow gets used by somebody else for a while after death and before being returned to be used as a tomb, things can't end yet.
- We know that the Trenzalore TARDIS was left malfunctioning and dying after the Doctor's last stand. Could be that the chameleon circuit might've also malfunctioned, re-setting Sexy's appearance to match what was probably the most traumatic landing of her working life: the one that she'd fought like crazy to avoid and that (incidentally) broke her window. As for Clara's failure to see any Doctors after the Eleventh inside the timestream, it may be that the Great Intelligence didn't bother attacking him any later than the point at which Eleven went to Trenzalore, as any later regenerations would've been aware of its intentions and been on guard against its attacks.
- Confirmed, although he found a way to cheat death, unsurprisingly.
It'll turn out that John Hurt's incarnation ended the Time war.
- We're all going to be guessing that since the Doctor has often owned up to the ending of the time war, and how it was terrible, therefore that couldn't be his secret, the big reveal will be his actual secret will end up being simply *how* he ended the time war.
John Hurt Doctor is a between the 8th and 9th Doctors like the WatcherThe Time Lords could have created an in-between Doctor who would be more ruthless.
- Confirmed except for who did it. It was the Sisters of Karn and Eight choose a warrior as his next incarnation.
The Name of the Doctor is not the last time we will see RiverWhile some see "The Name of the Doctor" as a heartfelt and effective way to end a long-running character, it does not mean that River is gone forever. Quite the contrary. This still leaves one thing open: River still needs to receive the screwdriver BEFORE the library. And before you say it can be assumed this happened off screen... the Doctor as we have seen him has never had that exact model. We recently saw in "The Cold War" that it DOES have a red setting (implying it is getting closer), it still lacks the trigger-looking feature seen in the Library two-parter. Therefore, the 11th Doctor will go out in a way similar to the Tenth Doctor as he will visit her one last time to give her the screwdriver, tying up every plotline regarding River and giving Alex Kingston and the character a good send off (in the 50th or The Christmas Special) and giving the 12th Doctor the chance to get a new screwdriver.
- There's a few short episodes on the series 6 DVD boxset, under the umbrella name Night and the Doctor. One of them involves the Doctor being bombarded from all directions by River at different points in her life (and hilariously trying to keep them from meeting each other), but just before the episode ends a version of him and River arrive just prior to the Doctor going to the singing towers (which is where River told Ten she was given her screwdriver) - so while we don't see the actual events, it's already happened.
Clara's secret is that she truly someone else.
- Clara is either Romana, the Rani, the regeneration of Susan, or another version of River Song or Jenny.
- Jossed. All of them.
Based on the trailer, Clara is surrounded by regenerative energy
- Semi-Jossed. She was travelling through his regenerations.
Clara was created by River (or atleast connected to the Doctor by River) in order to save his life at TrenzaloreShe tried to affect the Silence's plan to kill him at Lake Silencio and it didn't work. So again this season finale she will try and save her sweetie from the impending "Fall". Also this would then make it that River (by proxy of Victorian Clara) made sure he was ok after losing Rory and Amy.
- Jossed but River WAS there to try and keep an eye on Doctor and Clara as a data ghost from the Library.
The Fall of the Eleventh will be anti climaticEleven just passes out and faints for a few minutes. When people faint, they fall.
- Jossed. The "Fall of the Eleventh" meant that the Doctor fell into Trenzalore from orbit when he shut the TARDIS' anti-gravity systems off.
The Man is the Trailer is a younger First DoctorAssuming he's not just Head of the Whispermen or something, the Doctor said quite clearly he was crossing his own timeline in a big way.
The Doctor will see River Song for the last time in this episodeMoffat has said that it's getting harder to do interesting stories with River, because we've already seen her birth, death and wedding. There's not much more for us to see, except the moment The Doctor tells her his name (Hence the title). In doing so, he'll know that he's had every possible adventure with her, and that he will never see her again.(Also, the budding romance between The Doctor and Clara... wouldn't it be convenient if he wasn't married any more?)
- Seemingly confirmed. The Doctor and River (transmitting from the Library) say goodbye, and she fades away.
- Jossed by the 2015 Christmas special, "The Husbands of River Song".
The John Hurt's Doctor is not the past or future Doctor.He is not the one who stopped the Time War. Nor did he end some nebulous future conflict. He is the Doctor from the poisoned timeline created by the Great Intelligence whose every victory was turned into defeat, who gave up the moniker of the Doctor, and who perhaps destroyed his entire universe in the name of peace. In other words, he's the Valeyard. Jossed. He's the incarnation between the Eight and the Ninth, who fought in the Time War and personally ended it.
John Hurt's Doctor is what the 11th Doctor saw behind the door in "The God Complex!"Think about it, the Doctor saw his greatest fear, which was his greatest secret. We learn that John Hurt's Doctor did something so terrible that the Doctors kept him a secret and refused to speak about him. So the 11th Doctor simply saw John Hurt's Doctor.
John Hurt's Doctor is an older version of Eight....there is always the possibility that Eight lived for a very long time in his incarnation, to the point where he had physically aged to that of an older man. Eight also had developed a lot in the Big Finish audio plays, with writers loving to play the Break the Cutie trope on him several times to break his bubbly personality. So, isn't it possible that an older Eight did something that no normal Doctor would do? To the point where the Doctor would only acknowledge his Eighth incarnation up to a certain point in time? Jossed. John Hurt's Doctor is the Eight's successor.
John Hurt's Doctor is the one who killed the Time Lords, but also the one who made it necessary to kill them.During the Time War, the Eight Doctor found out that he will one day destroy the Time Lords. He couldn't do anything about it, but then he died and regenerated into much darker John Hurt's Doctor. This Doctor decided to save the Time Lords any way he could, and came up with a plan, The Ultimate Sanction seen in The End of Time. However, he then realized he didn't want to be responsible for that, and decided to stop it only way he could: by killing all the Time Lords. He then went to Trenzalore to await his death and regeneration into Nine. So the other Doctor's hate him, not because he killed the Time Lords, but because he made it necessary to kill them.
John Hurt's Doctor is no one other than the Valeyard
- The valeyard is all what is bad about the Doctor, and the Doctor is dead afraid of both of them. With time being rewritten, there is no need to use the old actor
John Hurt's Doctor is the Only Sane Man"What I did I did in the name of peace and sanity." The Doctor just didn't take it very well.
John Hurt's Doctor was the incarnation before the First DoctorAssuming he is a previous incarnation, then there are only two possible points he could have come from; between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors, or before the First.
Consider what was said about the secret, "you've been running from your whole life". The Doctor who started running was the First. So the secret dates back to him. So, although he was the first Doctor, he was not the first incarnation of that Timelord. He changed his name after regenerating and started running from whatever he had done. Yes, the First Doctor wasn't really a good guy when we met him, but he was still reforming. Perhaps at that point he was thinking that he'd already done the worst he could, and couldn't really be any worse. This would be consistent with the multiple pre-Hartnell Doctors implied by The Brain of Morbius.
John Hurt's Doctor is the Other.
- The EU toys with the idea that the Doctor was, in an earlier life (via either an incarnation before the First, a literal reincarnation, literally made from his raw material, etc), a Time Lord known as "the Other", who co-founded Time Lord society alongside Rassilon and Omega. The unforgivable crime he commited was none other than the very founding of Time Lords society. It has been implid several times in both series that Gallifrey held A lot of skeletons in its tardis sized closets, remember: The oldest civilisation: decadent, degenerate, and rotten to the core. Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen - they're still in the nursery compared to us.
The John Hurt incarnation's heinous act was that he willingly killed a companion that was going to do something catastrophic. The person he was traveling with was brainwashed and was going to do something that would have had immense consequences if they came to fruition. As a result, he had to Mercy Kill them in cold blood, something that the Doctor would have never, ever allowed.
The 50th Anniversary Special will be...The 50th Anniversary Special will be a multi-Doctor story, only the Doctors won't be played by Matt Smith and David Tennant, but rather by Matt Smith and John Hurt. Tennant will not appear as the Tenth Doctor, but rather as 10.5 grown from his hand, the one that stayed with Rose on Pete's World. Likewise, Billie Piper will not be playing Rose Tyler during her travels with the Doctor, but rather Rose who lived with Doctor-Donna for several years by now. Jossed, Jossed, and Jossed.
John Hurt's Doctor pushed the button referenced by Porridge in the previous episodeThat would be enormous enough to warrant that kind of response.
John Hurt is the Shalka Doctor.The meta implications alone are delightful: an "official" Ninth Doctor later retconned out of the canon by the BBC, who ultimately becomes a Ninth Doctor retconned out of the canon (in a manner of speaking) by the character himself. That the Shalka Doctor was originally played by Richard E. Grant (Simeon/The Great Intelligence) adds an extra layer of irony that is irresistable - and possibly even intentional - to a Trolling Creator like Moffatt. Having Grant reprise the role, would've been too on-the-nose, so having him play the season's villain serves as the requisite nod to the character's origin.
John Hurt's Doctor wasn't the one who ended the Time War.His actions are claimed to be so terrible, he cannot be acknowledged as the Doctor. However, the Ninth and Tenth Doctors mentioned the Time War every other episode, and the Eleventh used his genocide of the Time Lord as a Badass Boast in The Doctor's Wife. Therefore, Hurt's Doctor must have done something even worse. Jossed.
John Hurt's Doctorstarted the Time War Think about the Doctor's attitude about the Time War, now think how he must feel about whoever is responsible for it.
John Hurt's Doctorsaved the Daleks He did something even the Doctor is not happy with. But something in the end that was necessary. Because with the time lord gone, it is the Daleks who are ironically times best defense.
John Hurt's Doctorwas repressed because he shot Eleven's fez
- River Song: What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?
John Hurt's Doctor was the first regeneration before William Hartnell's, due to Dorium's wordsWhat did Dorium say? “The question you’ve been running from all your life?” If he’s been running from his secret all his life, John Hurt could not be 8.5 or the Valeyard. He has to be the Doctor that caused him to run from Gallifrey in the first place. The one before One! Ian Chesterton chose the name ‘Doctor’ for the Doctor and it stuck!
- He could be responsible for the death of Susan's parents, or, indeed, of his entire family except her. That would be something to run from (and unDoctorly enough).
Clara somehow ends up being the intelligence/personality of the TARDIS.
- She has spread herself across the time stream, and is now throughly embedded in the Doctor's timestream. This is how the TARDIS always knows where and when to take him. She's Seen It All. Further evidence is as follows:
- She is always speaking to him, but almost never heard.
- Sexy claimed that she stole him. Time Lord Clara got the Doctor to pick the correct one.
- Clara is there to save the Doctor. The Doctor has been saved by the abilities of the TARDIS many times.
- River was still able to use the mental connection with Clara to talk to the Doctor after Clara entered the timestream because they were in the TARDIS (which is Clara).
- The TARDIS doesn't like Clara because it recognises her as itself, and it's close to a paradox.
Clara was The Corsair
- We saw that as Clara entered the Doctor's timeline, she was split thousands of times. Each of those separate copies was shown to have been born and lived a life in that section of the timeline. One of those copies was a Time Lady on Gallifrey. The Doctor would have had no reason to trust some random stranger suggesting he steal a different TARDIS. It would have had to have been someone known to him, a friend. That version of Clara grew up on Gallifrey, met The Doctor, and became a good close friend. The tattoo of the ouroboros that The Corsair favored is appropriate in describing Clara's presence in the Doctor's life.
John Hurt's incarnation had nothing to do with the Time war.
- We've already seen that the Doctor takes responsibility for his actions during the time war. He had to stop the Time Lords from destroying all of reality (twice!); he owned up to those actions, and they have not been touted as his ultimate secret. The Doctor accepted the truth when The Beast revealed it, he later told Wilfred Mott the same, and he told House while the Ponds were with him in the Tardis. The John Hurt incarnation must be responsible for something much worse in the Doctor's eyes, for him to bury the secret so deep. Perhaps he killed as an act of revenge or personal pleasure, which the Doctor would see as the ultimate betrayal of his ideals. After all, the Doctor held a gun to the head of the man who killed his daughter and still said "I never would!(kill out of revenge)". Perhaps the doctor "never would", because there was once a time when he did.
One of the versions of Clara became DonnaClare entered the Doctor's timeline to save him and Donna saved the Doctor under the Thames Barrier when he killed the Racnoss Queen, therefore a version of Clara was born Donna Noble. "Turn Left" was probably the Great Intelligence's fault too.
John Hurt's Doctor killed his childFor a good reason; they were bad, and were planning something which would put them on the worst level. Ultimately, there was only one thing that could be done. Afterwards, he forced his own regeneration, into the First Doctor, abandoned his name, grabbed his granddaughter (who probably didn't know what he had done), and ran. And how could he ever stop after that?
John Hurt's incarnation started the Time War.This was the Last Great Time War. Something had to have sparked that last great conflict. Which would be worse, being the one who committed grand scale genocide to end a potentially universe destroying war like the Doctor, or being the one who necessitated all that grand scale genocide by starting that war in the first place? It could be something like The Dresden Files and the Red Court / White Council War, a case of Always Save the Girl in which Dresden kicked off simply to try and save a single individual.
John Hurt is the final incarnation of the Doctor.Hence why he says that he doesn't deserve the name. At some point, the Doctor will do something so unforgivable that not only will he forfeit his true name, but deem him unworthy of life. Possibly by getting his past self to do it. Said horrific act resulted in the war that ended the Doctor's life, in order to take him out. The Doctor has been aware of this since his 1st incarnation, and for whatever reason is unable to alter this future.
John Hurt!Doctorcaused the cracks in time. And he did it by revoking the name "The Doctor", thus saying his true name.
The Great Intelligence isn't dead-yet. Likely thanks to Clara stopping his plan of screwing around with the Doctor. The Great Intelligence has proven himself to be an effective villain, and is one of the best culprits for the cracks in time. Attacking the Doctor's time stream will result in the Great Intelligence being fatally injured, and with his days numbered will do whatever it takes to wreck the Doctor. Likely by bringing back his forgotten incarnation.
The Silence are a version of the Whispermen.The Silence mention that they've been on Earth since "the wheel and the fire", and humanity rediscovering fire was the plot of the very first serial. They were transported there by the events of this episode. Also, see the other parallels between the two groups on the fridge page and this one.
The Clara who told One which TARDIS to steal is Susan.One of Clara's splinters was born on Gallifrey as a young Time Lady, and hitched a lift with One when he left home. Like so many of her counterparts, she got killed protecting the Doctor, but unlike her other copies she could regenerate, so turned into Susan as she appears in the earliest episodes. As "Clara" isn't a Gallifreyan name, she didn't share that name with her duplicates; eventually she adopted the identity of "Susan", to fit in when she and the Doctor (whom she nicknamed "Grandfather" out of affection) started hanging around on Earth.
- We see a third person with One at this time but we don't get a good look at them. This could be Clara, Susan-Clara or someone else, who is also Clara. She's everywhere after all.
River is at the Doctor's last battle at Trenzalore, and she is the one to entomb him1) The way River suggests that her 'grave' is a secret entrance to the tomb implied that she knew exactly what it was. Perhaps because she put it there? A way to come back to visit if she so chose to. The battle is way off in the Doctor's future, considering he barely mentioned River to Clara beyond what was implied to be vague references to 'Professor Song' the chance he would even say anything to that extent to a far of future companion is negligible. 2) The Doctor had an absolute look of shock mixed with a bit of fear when River told him his name in the Library, he also said there was only one reason he could and would. River said it took a long time for her to get him to tell her his name, which rules out whatever he said to her in "Let's Kill Hitler". We still don't know what the time is, but his actual death seems like a pretty good candidate. 3) Something would have to be keeping the Doctor's timestream tangible and that something here most likely being the TARDIS, which is stated to be dying but is not dead yet. River would know how to set something up like that up and the TARDIS would help her do it. 4) It's quite a mirror, River and the Doctor both preserving the other as a form of data (a form of data that each knew would fade away as well. He told River that she should have faded by that point;and as stated the TARDIS was dying and IF that was keeping the timestream intact it wasn't going to be intact forever). Moffat does love his parallels, especially with those two. If she was at Trenzalor, maybe he died from doing something to save her bringing it all full circle. 5) The password was his name, something on the Doctor and River have ever been confirmed to know, (though Clara might possibly know now through her link with River and possibly from the book in the TARDIS' library) What better lock than something no one else would know?
John Hurt's Doctor is the founder of the SilenceThe goal of the Silence was to make sure that noone ever asks the Doctor his name on Trenzaolre. There are two options: a) They knew that this is where the Doctor's timeline is, and that the key to that timeline is Doctor's name, and that the Doctor has not only saved lots of planets and galaxies, but has also saved the universe - in which case they were actually good guys and wanted to prevent anyone from meddling with his timeline. b) They were described as a religious order. Their only belief was that 'Silence must fall when the Question is asked'. They have no idea why, they just know that they have to make sure that the Doctor never reaches Trenzalore alive to be able to answer it. Doesn't matter what the cost is - even if they have to blow up the universe, they have to fulfill their one and only commandment. To determine which option is correct, we have to consider the last three series. If the Silence were good guys that wanted to preserve the timeline in which the Doctor saves worlds and universes they wouldn't have blown up the TARDIS. The only viable option is that they were obsessed about Doctor never answering the Question, no matter what the cost (even if it means blowing up the whole of creation). Why would anyone be so desperate about achieving such a gole ? The only person that comes to mind is Hurt's Doctor. It has been said that he, not the Doctor's real name, is the secret. Perhaps he has founded the religion in order to stop this greatest secret from ever being discovered.
John Hurt's Doctor extracted the Valeyard from the Eleventh Doctor who is incarnation Number TwelveAccording to this; John Hurt's Doctor is the real 9th incarnation of the Doctor. Judging by this fact I theorize that not only ended the Time War yet also extracted the Valeyard from incarnation Number Twelve AKA the Eleventh Doctor(Valeyard is between the Twelfth and Thirteenth) which may fit with the Peace and Sanity part as well as not being in the name of the Doctor...
JHD fought in the Time War but was not between 8 and 9.
- Perhaps a future version of the Doctor was pulled back to the Time War. The Doctor dreads becoming this version as it will mean he will perform this terrible act.
JHD killed Henry V
- John Hurt in the Hollow Crown appears at Henry V's funeral. He may have thought Henry V's death would prevent more fighting between England and France.
The Great Intelligence was just a pawn
- John Hurt used him to get the Doctor or Clara into the time tunnel
- The Whispermen are the opposite of the Silence- the Silence were using madam Kovarian as a pawn, the Whispermen were pawns.
- It has been hinted twice that the Doctor's greatest fear and/or somebody who is really good with messing with other people's heads, the most dangerous thing in the Universe, yadda, yadda, is the Doctor himself, and it is. Just the John Hurt version
- Think about it, what is the one thing the Doctor always does? He saves his companions. So, if you want to kill him or something, trap his companion in the Doctor's timeline and the Doctor will follow. Easy as pie. And it makes sense that John Hurt would know that, since he is the Doctor.
John Hurt was another Time Lord altogetherAt least at first. He merged with the Eighth Doctor to create a ruthless killer capable of ending the war.
The Doctor's greatest fearDuring "The God Complex," the Eleventh Doctor opens a door that reveals his biggest fear. We don't see it, but it plays the TARDIS alarm bell:
- The Doctor: "Of course. Who else?"
The Doctor committed (will commit?) suicide at TrenzaloreIn The Name of the Doctor, we learn that one day, the Doctor will take part in a terrible battle at Trenzalore which will be the cause of his death. But what if the Doctor was the one who caused the war to begin, and in his grief and despair from seeing even more blood being spilled, even more people dying because of him, chose to kill himself there? The Great Intelligence says "Not exactly the Time War, but enough to finish him. In the end, it was too much for the old man." We know that the Time War scarred him in untold ways, and although this particular conflict may not have been as devastating, it could have been just enough to push the Doctor over the edge emotionally. "Enough to finish him," as the GI put it. Even if the Doctor wasn't the cause of it, it still could have affected him in such a way as to convince him that there was no more hope.
There is no "original" Clara(Spoilers for The Name of the Doctor) The Name of the Doctor implies that the Clara who has been travelling with the Doctor since The Bells of Saint John was the original version, and that the rest are all just temporal duplicates created when she entered the Doctor's timeline to undo the Great Intelligence's meddling. However, in The Bells of Saint John, Clara uses the mnemonic "Run, you clever boy, and remember" when entering the wi-fi password, which was the phrase that tipped the Doctor off to her identity both here and in The Snowmen. She subconsciously knew this phrase in modern London because that version of her was yet another of the iterations created when she entered the Doctor's timeline. She is a Stand Alone Complex. TARDIS doesn't like her because her existence is truly impossible.
The Great Intelligence's goal had nothing to do with the DoctorWhen the Great Intelligence stepped into The Doctor's time stream it wasn't due to any personal vendetta, but because it wanted to be reunited with it's body. According to the EU, the Great Intelligence is actually Yog-Sothoth's disembodied consciousness. Anybody who is familiar with the Cthulhu Mythos knows that this means that The Great Intelligence's body consists of all of time and space, which is precisely where The GI's consciousness was sent when it entered the time stream. Screwing up The Doctor''s history was just a bonus.
- Alternately, "The Name of the Doctor" is how the Great Intelligence became Yog-Sothoth in the first place, and he simply forgot about that part when he was splintered. Mucking with causality is par for the course for an Eldritch Abomination, so having the GI's history be a Stable Time Loop is only to be expected.
CAL was another version of Clara
- Many have pointed out the plot parallels between her and Oswin (the Dalek version), and they look fairly similar. Jenna Louise Coleman has said that the Doctor has met Clara more than three times before, and the fact that River Song's death is foreshadowed implies a Call-Back to "Silence in the Library."
- As River explains, there are thousands of other Clara's after she jumped into the Doctor's timeline. Not only do we have multiple Clara's bumping into the above, we even have Clara as a Time Lord on Gallifrey, telling the First which TARDIS to take. During Clara's narration as she drifts, she mentions many near encounters and that she rarely got the Doctor's attention. CAL!Clara came to be because she would be the one who would unite River and the Doctor for the first time (from the Doctor's perspective), as well as enabling River to manage a mental commune with Clara without the risk of the Whisper Men finding and kidnapping her (as she will be safely stored away in the Library).
The Silence were present in the episode, we just didn't see themSpecifically, they are spying on Jenny and Vastra. Jenny looks like she sees something that she couldn't quite focus on, just like when Amy saw the Silence for the first time, and is then interrupted by Vastra stepping in front of her, just like Rory did. It could have been the Whispermen she saw, but there is a remarkable similarity to "Day of the Moon".
As a child, the Doctor saw John Hurt's Doctorin the Untempered Schism.
- If the Doctor saw the John Hurt!Doctor in the Schism committing the unspeakable act he could still have the secret by the time he left Gallifrey. That way, John Hurt could be anywhere in Eleven's past or future. We know the Doctor has been running from his secret all his life, but we also know that he ran because of something he saw in the Untempered Schism.
John Hurt is the Doctor
- Torchwood establishes that the actor John Hurt exists in the Whoniverse. It's not that John Hurt is playing the Doctor, it's that John Hurt and the Doctor are one and the same. In this incarnation of the Doctor one of the things he did was be actor John Hurt. Dude who played Kane in Alien? The Doctor. Why go by John Hurt instead of the usual John Smith? Because he's hurting over whatever the hell it is he did.
The Great Intelligence IS Dead, but we haven't seen the last of him. The Great Intelligence's willingness to destroy himself to finish off the Doctor suggests many more encounters than we've seen. So, due to the Timey-Wimey Ball and Have We Met Yet?, they'll still encounter The Great Intelligence, though earlier in T.G.I's timeline than in theirs.
John Hurt's Doctoris what "Time Lord Victorious" could have become It is clear that the Tenth was horrified by his after Adelaide's suicide caused his memories of events to change, and that is not something that comes easily to the Doctor. At the point the Tenth declared himself the "Time Lord Victorious" in his growing insanity, he came dangerously close to turning back into what The Forgotten Doctor was through his actions. As a result, we can potentially narrow down what the The Forgotten Doctor did by looking at "Time Lord Victorious'" behaviour - he changed a crucial point in history. Whatever happened at that point in time would have eventually consumed the universe in "chaos and insanity" - the opposites of "peace and sanity" - so He travelled back in time to stop the event entirely, or had travelled into that moment and stopped it from happening, having no choice or else everything would inevitably be eradicated. However, the end result and the means by which he accomplished this was more horrifying than "Victorious" could have done - what he almost did - so the Doctors after him decided to hide this act from the universe forever.
- Sort of jossed and sort of confirmed. John Hurt's Doctor went forwards in time to see the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, after he himself had burned Gallifrey. Then he went back in time before that happened and took a third option.
Clara and The Great Intelligence become the Guardians.All those incarnations across all of time and space. Some of them eventually develop power beyond the forms we see during this episode. Clara becomes the White Guardian and The Great Intelligence becomes the Black Guardian. However, there is no possible explanation for the bird-hats.
The Great Intelligence was working with the Black Guardian or the TricksterThe Trickster earlier claimed it would like to erase the Doctor from existence and created an alternate timeline where the 10th Doctor died fully. This event seems like its modus operandi. The Whispermen look similar to him, perhaps they are part of his Brigade. Or the Black Guardian could be responsible, in the comic Time and Time Again he creates an alternate timeline where the Doctor never left Gallifrey. Potentially both could be involved, the Black Guardian could be the Trickster or they could both be members of the Pantheon of Discord.
The reason the Doctor was running from the question "Doctor Who?" all his life is not the literal answer.The Doctor is not afraid of his actual name yet because of the implications of which Doctor he is... Is he truly the Eleventh Incarnation of the Doctor, or is he the Twelfth incarnation (according to this) he is the Twelfth incarnation) which depending on the answer would reveal if he is the Doctor who's evil and malice will birth Valeyard before his Thirteenth incarnation (of course since he is the Twelfth incarnation the Valeyard will be born from him).
The TARDIS helped create many lives for Clara
- The TARDIS still has Reality Warper powers despite being in a dying state. As Clara scattered herself it helped create many lives for her. It wants to save the Doctor as well.
The Great Intelligence possessed people
- The Whispermen were immaterial. I think it likely the Great Intelligence possessed people to destroy the Doctor.
The first TARDIS the Doctor intended to board on Gallifrey was sabotaged.It was set to explode, or take him and Susan to a deathtrap or some other terrible fate that the Great Intelligence was behind. Fortunately, the Gallifreyan Clara was on hand to convince him to take the TARDIS we know. In the unaltered timeline, before either of their meddling began, perhaps the Doctor simply changed his mind, perhaps due to some fault he found or just an arbitrary decision befitting of the old curmudgeon he used to be.
- Considering the TARDIS said she was unlocked, perhaps this TARDIS had the controls locked and so the Doctor wasn't able to leave. He is caught by the Time Lords and never able to travel.
Clara was scattered throughout every world in existence, not just the Whoniverse.By jumping into the Doctor's timeline, Clara Broke the Fourth Wall. There could even be versions of her in the real world.
- And Jenna Coleman is one of them.
The Gallifreyan Clara was named Claraoswinoswald
Oswin Oswald visited the Library before it was sealed off.
- Point one: Several of Clara's splinters are shown, all with different clothing and hairstyles. Oswin is the only one with really long hair and a hot pink minidress. She is clearly shown in the Library, and the Tenth Doctor is also there.
- Second: There is no room in "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" or what is known of Oswin's life for her to have been one of the people downloaded by CAL into the Library's hard drive. As she tells the Doctor in "Asylum of the Daleks", she joined the crew of the starship Alaska because she wanted adventures — which rather strongly suggests she'd never left her home planet before then.
- Therefore, the conclusion must be that the Alaska, with Oswin part of the crew, visited the Library before it was sealed off due to the Vashta Nerada attack. Due to the laws of "being a time-clone of Clara Oswald", the (Tenth) Doctor was also there for whatever reason, probably by himself. This doesn't contradict anything, because the Doctor's comments to Donna about the Library in "Silence in the Library" suggest he's been there before. Also, there is nothing to suggest that one of Clara's echoes couldn't have been created in just the right place to save the Doctor twice.
The Ninth Doctor never needed to be saved by Clara
- It seems odd that every other Doctor is shown being saved by Clara, or at the very least having her be in their presence. They even created new scenes for the Sixth, Eighth, and Second Doctors to be in so that she could try and interact with them. However, the only time Clara sees Nine in this episode is as one of the Doctor's "ghosts" running around his time stream, passing Clara as she watches in awe. The reason why she is never shown trying to save him is because Nine never needed saving. Possibilities for this could be:
- One: The Great Intelligence could not target the "Ninth" Doctor. We know that the Doctor has kept his War incarnation such a secret that anybody who accesses his full memories, even himself, will just see Mc Gann's Doctor lead to Eccleston's. It's implied the War Doctor is somehow "restricted" from being seen or interacted with; the Eleventh Doctor comic story "Outrun" sees Eleven being forced into retro-regeneration. He cycles through Ten and Nine, but breaks free when he gets to the "X-rated" part of him, the War Doctor. Thus, the Great Intelligence, when infiltrating the Doctor's timestream, could not access the "ninth" incarnation of the Doctor, but got led away from Eccleston's Doctor, who embraced the title of Ninth Doctor. Thus, both War and Nine flew under the G.I.'s radars, and were spared from their plot.
- Two: The Great Intelligence targeted the WRONG Ninth Doctors. We technically have 4 Ninth Doctors running around: Eccleston, the "true" Ninth Doctor, Hurt, who is the biological ninth incarnation, and then two ambiguous canonical Nines: the Shalka incarnation and the Comic Relief incarnation. An Eighth Doctor novel has a throwaway line of describing the Doctor as so unusual that he has "three ninth incarnations" running around, and Eight sees several different faces for his ninth incarnation until they all settle into Eccleston's in "The Tomorrow Windows". It's possible that these Ninth Doctors occured earlier in alternate timelines than Eccleston's did, and so the Great Intelligence set their sights on them instead, overlooking the true Ninth Doctor and once again sparing him.
- Three: The Ninth Doctor never made a "wrong" decision, and never did anything that the Great Intelligence could undo. In the comic story "Four Doctors", the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors are targeted by an alternate timeline version of the Twelfth Doctor. He exists through use of a Dalek continuity bomb, which sorts through all the alternate timelines of an individual and seeks out one where a choice they made would drastically alter their future for the worse. At the end of the comic, the three Doctors and their companions happen upon Nine and Rose, and realize that the reason why Nine wasn't targeted in this plot is because not even a continuity bomb could find a version of him where he was "any less than fantastic". Nine never, in any timeline, makes a corrupt decision, so his timeline is stable enough to be passed up by Clara, and could not be infiltrated by the Great Intelligence.
- Four: Clara really WAS there for Nine. She was one of the victims of the Empty Child Plague so she was unrecognizable, as well as the five-year-old child that the Daleks turned into the Controller for the Game Station in "Bad Wolf".